Aschan chases Stockholm Film Fund coin

Magnusson, Wu, Bergman, Norlin on shortlist

LONDON — “She Monkeys” director Lisa Aschan is among five Swedish femme filmmakers shortlisted to win $750,000 in backing for their next feature from the new Stockholm Film Fund.

The winner will be announced Nov. 19 at the Stockholm Film Festival, which launched the female-only fund with backing from telco Telia and the Swedish Film Institute.

The chosen project is expected to shoot in the coming months and be ready to premiere at next year’s Stockholm fest.

The four runners-up will receive around $40,000 in development coin.

Aschan, whose debut pic “She Monkeys” won best film in the world narrative competition at this year’s Tribeca fest, has pitched a horror project based on Johannes Anyuru and Aleksander Motturi’s play “Forvaret” (Repository).

The other contenders include Jane Magnusson’s “Flickvannen” (Girlfriend), Wing-Yee Wu’s “Invasion,” Stina Bergman’s “Karlek kan vanta” (Love Can Wait) and Sofia Norlin’s “Omheten” (Tenderness).

The fund, which has secured finance for its first three years, is intended to back projects by female directors who have made no more than two previous features. It’s part of the SFI’s official goal to ensure that 40% of Swedish films are written, directed or produced by women.

The winning film will be distributed by Non Stop Entertainment in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. The 22nd Stockholm Film Festival takes place Nov. 9-20.

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